The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 8 (November 1, 1937)
Where Forest Flourished
Where Forest Flourished.
And yet this waste was once the mother-earth of a mighty forest. Majestic kauris rose, here, not in isolated grandeur, but in groves and assemblies of unparalleled splendour, and so shallow their grave that almost any handful of soil, sifted through the fingers, yields leaves and cones—some in perfect form—of the buried trees. Adjacent to the valley of the springs are several small lakes of mineral water, each perhaps a couple of acres in extent. One of these, known as the Soda Lake—an apparently shallow sheet of dirty-yellow water heavily charged with mineral alkali—must have been a close-pillared temple of Tane, for its entire surface is broken by the gnarled roots, the shattered trunks and the scattered limbs of the dead giants of the forest. What a day must have been that when fickle nature, with fiery sword and thunderous cannonade, laid low at one swoop the glorious results of her centuries of quiet building! What catac